Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. is the largest manufacturing employer in Winnebago County, Illinois, with nearly 3,000 workers at its UTC Aerospace Systems operation in Rockford and Taylor Co. in Rockton.

Thousands of other people in the Rockford area work at companies that supply UTC, and Machesney Park is home to one of its very best: Littlestar Plastics. Littlestar learned in December that it was being honored as a UTC Gold supplier.

This is extremely tough to get. How tough? Only 20 of 4,500 suppliers have received it so far. Thank you to Rockford-area media for recognizing what something like this means for Littlestar and the area as the company continues to grow.

Machesney Park company receives rare honor for second time,” WIFR-23

Littlestar Plastics honored by UTC Aerospace,” WTVO-17

Littlestar Plastics earns Gold Supplier status,” Rockford Register Star